Gabby Petito's dad shares unseen photo of murdered hiker found in storage unit alongside heartbreaking message

GABBY Petito’s dad has shared a heartbreaking throwback picture of his murdered daughter that he found when emptying a storage unit.

The emotional picture shows Joseph Petito cradling Gabby in his arms while sitting in a chair.

It’s not known how old Gabby, who was killed last September aged 22, or Joseph are in the picture.         

He shared the photo on Instagram where he said: “Emptying our storage unit and come across this.

“Take as many photos/videos with your loved ones as you can.”

He concluded the post with the hashtags "tbt" (Throwback Thursday), "miss you", and Gabby's name.

Heartbroken social media users described the picture as a “beautiful memory” for Joseph and his family.

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One commented: “Gabby is forever in my heart. You all are.”

Another posted: “That’s both beautiful and gut-wrenching at the same time.”

And, a third said: “This is such great advice. I did not have as many photos with my mom as I would’ve liked.

“But my recent friend who passed, we had tons of photos and it was amazing to revisit. Thankfully with my mom, I had handwritten notes which was perfect (sic). TAKE. THE. PICTURES.”

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Social media users commented that their kids don’t let them take pictures.

One woman commented: “my kids never want me to take pics of them. They think I'll post them somewhere.

“I always have to tell them they're for me & them, nobody else. So then they let me. I'm glad you came across this precious photo & great memory.”   


Gabby's family has since applauded new support for domestic violence victims after footage showed the vlogger in tears before she disappeared.

The Gabby Petito Foundation welcomed a new Missouri law titled "The Victims Economic Safety and Security Act."

The law states that victims of domestic and sexual violence are allowed protected time off work.

This means if someone is facing violence at home and needs time off to seek medical care or find a safer living situation, they can do so without fear of losing their job.

Gabby's family said of the new law: "Certainly a step in the right direction."

Gabby was reported missing after her fiancé Brian Laundrie returned home from a cross-country road trip in her van without her.

Her body was later found in Wyoming and Laundrie was identified as a person of interest in the case before he took his own life.

Weeks before she disappeared, Gabby and Laundrie had an argument in Moab, Utah.


Bodycam footage that was released showed a stressed Gabby as she was being quizzed by cops.

A hysterical Gabby told officers that Laundrie had grabbed her face and left a "burning" gash on her cheek and red marks on her arm.

Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess, a behavioral scientist, told NewsNation: “Look how upset she is. She’s trembling, she’s half-sobbing, she’s moving her hands. She’s very, very emotional at this particular time.”

In the harrowing bodycam footage, the vlogger recalled a clash that she and Brian had outside the Moonflower Cafe. 

She said that their morning had been “stressful” and explained to cops that she had been apologizing to Brian for "her OCD."

Officers pointed out marks on Gabby’s arms but the vlogger said she wasn’t sure how they happened.

Both Gabby and Laundrie's families are currently embroiled in a legal battle.

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The Petito's want Laundrie's parents to testify in court.

But, Laundrie's parents have hit back at allegations that they covered up Petito's murder.

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